J.B. has ratings and 82 reviews. Julia said: I’ve directed this play three times and read it about MacLeish’s poetry is phenomenal, and this mo. J.B.: A Play in Verse [Archibald MacLeish] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Based on the story of Job, this drama in verse tells the story of. J. ALD MACLEISH AUTHOR BIOGRAPHYPLOT SUMMARYCHARACTERSTHEMESSTYLEHISTORICAL CONTEXTCRITICAL.

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Infinite mind in midge of matter! The senselessness of their suffering and the increasing human capacity to inflict more suffering troubled him and eventually led to J.

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In both versions, it is clear that God does not love mcaleish, and He does not act out of justice or injustice. I also found J. To the pompous and arrogant Zuss, it is merely fitting that J.

He accuses his cynical opposite of not having the stamina to finish his part in the play. Books by Archibald MacLeish.

J.B.: A Play in Verse by Archibald MacLeish

Jun 10, Sandra rated it liked it. A search of the Modern Language Association Bibliography database turns up only two articles about the play in the s and none since. Because MacLeish was well known as a poet, his play in verse received more critical attention in the major newspapers and magazines than it might have otherwise.

MacLeish was said to have been taken aback when some critics pointed out that they found the man J. Throughout the play, Zuss and Nickles refer to what is about to happen and occasionally speak directly to the characters to urge them to play—or not to play—their roles as written. Contact our editors with your feedback. Zuss and Nickles understand that they are to continue. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Zuss and Nickles take over, and the lights dim. Published by Houghton Mifflin first published Help us improve this article!


Cite this article Pick a style below, and ib the text for your bibliography. Rather than make fun of the Biblical story, this play attempts to understand it.

Of course it ended in a humanistic flare — he repented of nothing —he accepted that he is not God — but that was not what redeemed – the love of human for human redeemed. MacLeish, as he has asked other poets to do, seems to be casting off a metaphor that belongs to the past and to be seeking a new metaphor for our mcaleish time.

J.B.: A Play in Verse

Even the God mask and the Satan maclesih, Mr. But when the play is performed, the four-stress line creates an undercurrent that works emotionally on the audience.

This is a stark and bitter account of an author who feels alienated from a God who could allow the human horror we often witness in man’s inhumanity to man. The stage is bare except for a low platform on which J. Ten years after the Broadway opening, when the reviewers were done with the play and the literary critics took over, J.


Add to this, that this play takes as its template a book from the Old Testament of the Bible and it can sound more than a bit off-putting to the modern reader. MacLeish turned to the Book of Job to raise questions about the nature of a God who would consent without cause to the destruction of a macleisg man, the killing of all his children, and the infliction of physical suffering upon him.

There are several parallels between the two stories. What are we to do after macleisy suffer and suffer and suffer? Other names have disappeared from macldish collective awareness, known to scholars but not frequently sought out by readers and directors: Suppose it did though: In the acting edition, therefore, the last scene was rewritten to give J.

This modern masterpiece has all the drama and poignancy of its Old Testament counterpart and it has somewhat a better ending and answers to the question about why bad things happen to good folks.

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